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Button tops third practice at Korea

McLaren seems to be putting distance over the rest. Hamilton followed with 0.289s difference while Webber, third best, with a distant 0.813s behind.
Saturday, October 15, 2011

Yeongam, South Korea, Oct 15, 2011 (AFP) - McLaren's Jenson Button took advantage of dry conditions to top the times in Saturday's final practice session for the Korean Grand Prix.

The 2009 world champion flew round the Korean International Circuit in Yeongam in a time of one minute 36.910 seconds during his final lap of the session.

His McLaren teammate and fellow Briton Lewis Hamilton, world champion in 2008, had set the pace for the majority of the session but ran wide on his final lap and wound up second fastest and almost 0.3 seconds slower.

Red Bull driver Australian Mark Webber was third fastest ahead of Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso of Spain and Brazil's Felipe Massa.

Veteran German Michael Schumacher finished the session sixth quickest for Mercedes followed by Renault driver Russian Vitaly Petrov and German Adrian Sutil of Force India.

Newly-crowned double champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull finished the session ninth quickest after being held up by Toro Rosso driver Spaniard Jaime Alguesuari during his final flying laps.

German Nico Rosberg was tenth fastest for Mercedes.

2011 KOREAN GRAND PRIX THIRD PRACTICE RESULTS

POS
No.
DRIVER
TEAM
TIME
GAP
LAPS
1
4
Jenson Button
McLaren-Mercedes
1:36.910
18
2
3
Lewis Hamilton
McLaren-Mercedes
1:37.199
0.289
18
3
2
Mark Webber
RBR-Renault
1:37.723
0.813
23
4
5
Fernando Alonso
Ferrari
1:38.029
1.119
21
5
6
Felipe Massa
Ferrari
1:38.434
1.524
18
6
7
Michael Schumacher
Mercedes
1:39.559
2.649
23
7
10
Vitaly Petrov
Renault
1:39.612
2.702
20
8
14
Adrian Sutil
Force India-Mercedes
1:39.660
2.750
22
9
1
Sebastian Vettel
RBR-Renault
1:39.695
2.785
22
10
8
Nico Rosberg
Mercedes
1:39.743
2.833
25
11
15
Paul di Resta
Force India-Mercedes
1:39.847
2.937
22
12
19
Jaime Alguersuari
STR-Ferrari
1:39.851
2.941
20
13
18
Sebastien Buemi
STR-Ferrari
1:39.964
3.054
21
14
16
Kamui Kobayashi
Sauber-Ferrari
1:40.005
3.095
17
15
17
Sergio Perez
Sauber-Ferrari
1:40.030
3.120
18
16
9
Bruno Senna
Renault
1:40.451
3.541
19
17
12
Pastor Maldonado
Williams-Cosworth
1:40.529
3.619
20
18
11
Rubens Barrichello
Williams-Cosworth
1:40.711
3.801
22
19
20
Heikki Kovalainen
Lotus-Renault
1:41.909
4.999
18
20
21
Jarno Trulli
Lotus-Renault
1:41.945
5.035
13
21
24
Timo Glock
Virgin-Cosworth
1:43.275
6.365
19
22
25
Jerome d'Ambrosio
Virgin-Cosworth
1:44.377
7.467
16
23
23
Vitantonio Liuzzi
HRT-Cosworth
1:44.421
7.511
22
24
22
Daniel Ricciardo
HRT-Cosworth
1:45.143
8.233
21

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